Director of Inclusive Communities
Shanti Abedin is the Director of Inclusive Communities at the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA). In this role, Ms. Abedin oversees the administration of community relief grants to African American and Latino neighborhoods that were negatively affected by discriminatory practices following the foreclosure crisis. She manages a number of grants in six metropolitan areas across the country. Additionally, Ms. Abedin supports NFHA’s efforts around affirmatively furthering fair housing and provides research and analytical support for a number of enforcement actions.
Associate Director of Communications
Jessica Aiwuyor is responsible for digital media, communications and media relations for the National Fair Housing Alliance. She manages media inquiries, NFHA social media accounts, the NFHA website, mailing lists and all other forms of communication. Jessica also works with communications staff at other civil rights organizations to ensure thriving partnerships.
Vice President of Finance
Chief Operating Officer
Cathy Cloud is responsible for supervising NFHA programs in the areas of compliance and consulting, membership services, education and outreach, national media, community development, finances, and administration. Ms. Cloud is responsible as well for the development and implementation of Fair Housing School®, NFHA’s comprehensive training and education program for fair housing personnel. Ms. Cloud has been in the fair housing field since 1984 and at NFHA since 1990.
Vice President of Member Services and Community Development
Sherrill Frost-Brown is responsible for coordinating technical assistance to National Fair Housing Alliance member organizations and for growing the membership. Sherrill also directs NFHA’s Community Development programs including the National Housing Accessibility Partnership (HAP) program which provides grants to fair housing centers to modify homes and apartments for persons with disabilities. She represents NFHA at national and regional events and presents on fair housing workshops.
Vice President, Housing Policy and Special Projects
Debby works to ensure that federal housing policy effectively addresses the needs and rights of people of color, families with children, people with disabilities and others protected under our nation’s fair housing laws. She also leads NFHA’s work with its members and allies to ensure that all neighborhoods are communities of opportunity, using the framework of HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulation along with other strategies.
Alayne Hersh completes journal entries for the month-end accounting process, prepares invoices, and records credit card transactions and bank deposits to the general ledger.
Yvonne Lewis is the first point of contact for all incoming calls and for greeting guest. She exhibits professionalism at all times. She provides direct assistance to the Chief Operating Officer, the Executive Vice President, the Senior Administrator, and all other NFHA staff as needed. Her role is to provide excellent customer service, and to assist her coworkers when needed. She assists with hosting and planning the annual meeting each year.
Vice President of Resource Development & External Affairs
Gregory Parrish is responsible for leading resource development and external affairs for the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA). He works closely with corporate, foundation and philanthropic partners in seeking to build and maintain strong and beneficial relationships. Through these relationships, Gregory looks for ways to connect partner organization to NFHA’s missions of seeking to eliminate housing discrimination and ensuring equal housing opportunities for all. Gregory leads and staffs the Resource Development Committee and executes NFHA’s comprehensive Strategic Resource Development Plan.
Executive Vice President
President and Chief Executive Officer
Shanna Smith is the founding president and chief executive officer of NFHA. Her vision, commitment, dedication and tenacity has lead the agency, 30 years from its inception, to being the leading voice for fair housing in America. Shanna is responsible for the strategic direction of the agency as NFHA seeks to eradicate all forms of housing discrimination and make every community a place full of opportunities to grow and thrive. Shanna has pioneered ground-breaking testing and investigative strategies and has played a leadership role in precedent-setting cases brought under the nation’s fair housing laws.
Jorge Andres Soto
Director of Public Policy
Jorge Andres Soto is responsible for advancing the National Fair Housing Alliance’s public policy priorities and directs the organization’s federal and congressional advocacy. Through local and national coalition-building, Jorge designs strategies to advocate for policies that help protect individuals from housing discrimination, strengthen access to justice for victims of housing discrimination, and remove obstacles to housing opportunity. Jorge leads NFHA’s efforts on issues concerning the federal budget and appropriations, housing and housing-related legislation, and executive nominations. Jorge also staffs the Fair Housing Task Force of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, which NFHA co-chairs with NAACP LDF.
Cheryl Taylor is responsible for the office management and daily administrative functions at the National Fair Housing Alliance. Cheryl coordinate projects with Executives and Management Staff, Board of Directors, Member Colleagues, and local civil rights organizations. She oversees organization events and trainings, and provides assistance with its national medial campaign that helps to educate communities and fair housing agencies on various housing issues.
Morgan Williams is responsible for leading the National Fair Housing Alliance’s strategic and tactical legal initiatives and affairs. Morgan leads NFHA’s efforts to pursue pioneering litigation under the federal Fair Housing Act, often utilizing testing-based evidence and working in partnership with its network of local fair housing centers, and coordinates NFHA’s actions to file amicus briefs to promote sound fair housing jurisprudence. Morgan provides training and technical support to local fair housing centers across the country on investigation and enforcement strategies, as well as training to housing providers and servicers on a range complicated and emerging topics. Morgan also assists with NFHA’s federal public policy advocacy, in coordination with legislative offices and federal agencies, and assists local advocates regarding state and local legislative matters.